Best portable USB chargers of 2016

Carrying an external battery or portable power pack is the best way to avoid running out of power and being left with a dead phone, so we’ve compiled this roundup of the best portable chargers available. Whether you need to charge your phone multiple times during a weekend away or just want to top it up before the commute home, you’ll find something to suit your charging needs.


Best external battery for your pocket

The Limefuel Blast L25X as the best pocket-sized portable charger. It measures just 3.6 x 0.8 x 0.8 inches and weighs only 2.3 oz – about the same as a lip balm.

The Limefuel Blast L25X holds 2,500 mAh of power, which is not quite enough to fully charge most modern handsets but it’s enough to give it a quick boost when you’re in a pinch. Its price and portability make it a great value, no-hassle charging solution.

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Best external battery for your bag

The EasyAcc 6000mAh is slightly larger than the Limefuel option above, both in battery capacity and physical size, but it’s still reasonably portable and is also slightly cheaper. We recommend the EasyAcc 6000mAh if you want a portable power source that can fully charge your device with juice to spare, and don’t mind sacrificing a little ease when it comes to portability. 

It’s a cleverly designed external battery, featuring a built-in USB cable, which is neatly concealed in the side of the device, and it can charge two units at once. It’s well-regarded and well-priced, and you can check it out at the Amazon link below.

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Best external battery for a weekend trip

For a weekend trip, we recommend the Anker PowerCore 15600. Anker is a veteran of portable power solutions, and the PowerCore 15600 combines a high energy capacity with lightning fast charge times and a durable build.

The Anker PowerCore 15600 can charge two devices at once and is still small enough to carry in a bag. With enough power to charge the Galaxy S6 four times over, this should be your go-to power bank when you’re going to be away from a power outlet for a number of days.

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Best external battery for your phone, tablet and more

If you want to charge more than just a phone or a tablet, you will need to spend a little more money on something like the RAVPower 3-Port External Battery Pack

It has a 26,800 mAh external battery, which is capable of charging the likes of the Galaxy S6 six times and an iPhone 6s 10 times. There are three USB ports for charging three devices simultaneously and it includes iSmart technology to deliver the optimal current for your device. What’s more, at US$49.99, it still won’t break the bank. 

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What’s your favorite portable battery pack? Let us know in the comments.

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